Wrapping Up the Week

Wrapping Up the Week

It’s been another busy week in the world of tech and gadgets this week. The major items from the news have been the SuperFish story from Lenovo bringing security and privacy to the front and center. If you haven’t heard about this, you really should head over to Twitter and check our feed because we have lots of info there on what it is and how you can protect yourself and your data. We hope that, moving forward, manufacturers like Lenovo will be more careful in QA-testing their applications to make certain that things like SuperFish don’t get out into the wild.

Alongside that, stories about cybercrime have gone mainstream this week with the US government (among others) pondering whether they could get away with using tech to halt people “pre-crime” without violating their own laws and human rights. Gaming has been big news this week as well with open data helping to bring a new level of depth to gaming experiences.

All of these stories and more were covered on our Twitter feed this week. However, if you’re not following us on Twitter, we’ll recap the highlights for you below.


That’s all for this week, everyone. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you again next week!

Throwback Thursday: Gaming Wearables

Throwback Thursday: Gaming Wearables

It’s been a bit of a wearables week here at BuyDig and for this Throwback Thursday, we thought we’d look back at some of the great gaming wearables that never really took off. Do any of you remember these gaming accessories that promised to deliver a new level of fun but went nowhere fast?

1) Power Glove — This was supposed to be a new way to experience games for Nintendo but it was extremely limited in what it could do. Games had to be specifically designed to use it — those that weren’t could only be played by making use of the more traditional controller attached to the back of the glove. There were really only two games that were made for this accessory and neither sold well.

2) Sega VR — According to Sega, this was not released because it was “too realistic” and they were afraid that people would hurt themselves. However, comparing the Sega VRs specs to the specs for the Oculus Rift and knowing the shortcomings of the modern system, chances are that the Sega VR just couldn’t keep up. The power requirements alone had to be staggering.

3) Aura Interactor — Last but not least was Aura’s Interactor. This was basically a toned down subwoofer with a pair of straps you could wear like a back-pack, some headphones, and a controller that you could plug into your console of choice. Using a series of gates, the subwoofer would detect whenever a certain low-tuned frequency pitch was played in-game and would give the player a quick punch to the chest or back, simulating a gunshot or punch for a realistic effect.

Wearables and immersion gaming have been big things since the 1980s. However, as you can see, sometimes the effects have been more comical than practical. What kind of wearable gaming tech would you come up with if you had an unlimited budget and a magic wand? We’d love to hear from you!

Should You Get A Smart Watch?

Should You Get A Smart Watch?

And if so, which one should you get?

Well, the simplest answer is to get a smart watch that will pair well with your smart phone. So, if you are using an iPhone, you’d want to get a smart watch running iOS. If you are using an Android phone, you’d want a watch running Android. So, that’s the easiest part of the question to answer. Now, if you’re wondering how to coordinate your watch’s look with the rest of your ensemble… rumor has it that this year, mauve is the new black.

Still, the first question is should you even bother getting a smart watch? After all, if you have a smart phone, shouldn’t that be all you need? You’re always going to have your phone with you, right? There’s no need to keep “smartening” (totally a thing) every device out there. What next? Smart rings? Smart shoe laces? Smart boxerbriefs?


Even Fred Flintstone had a smart watch but ours are a bit better…
Smart watches aren’t just a trend. Many of us have missed a call or a text when we couldn’t hear our phone or have been in a situation where checking our phone would have been considered rude. However, a quick glance at a watch does not garner the same reaction as checking a phone does — it’s more discreet. Watches can also provide a bit more flexibility in carrying and wearing them around, making them great for fitness trackers and hiking. Finally, watches allow for true hands-free use and are safer to use while driving when paired with voice commands. All too often, we’ve become somewhat “programmed” on a Skinnerian level to look at our phones when interacting with them. The same is not true of our watches.

If you’ve decided to go ahead and get a smart watch now, be sure to check out our Wearable Tech department and keep an eye on this blog as we will have more entries coming on how to pick the best smart watch for your needs!

Wrapping Up the Week

Wrapping Up the Week

It’s been another eventful week in the world of tech. This week has been a big week for security with the reveal that millions was stolen from banks using malware and that there are still plenty of vulnerabilities in common systems that are wide open. The president spoke this week on the issue of personal data security and encryption and his thoughts were interesting. Big data and big corporations are making moves to try to improve overall security across their industries and increase consumer confidence.

All of these stories and more were featured on our Twitter feed this week. However, if you’re not following us on Twitter, we’ll recap the highlights for you below!


That’s all for this week, everyone. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you again next week!

Throwback Thursday: Back to the Future

Throwback Thursday: Back to the Future

It’s officially really and truly 2015 and there’s not a flying car to be seen in the skies yet despite what Doc and Marty showed us in Back to the Future and Back to the Future II. And, while there are many months left in the year for scientists and car makers to get cracking on the flying car thing, chances of seeing them hit the market and be widely adopted in time for the DeLorean to turn up in the skies over Hill Valley without raising any eyebrows are virtually nil.

However, that doesn’t mean that everything from Back to the Future is a complete bust. There were a few other really nifty gadgets that either have panned out or are looking promising for the near future. (Sadly, not Mr. Fusion…at least not yet).

1) Self-lacing tennis shoes – Nike has announced that they will be releasing self-lacing tennis shoes for less than $100 a pair some time later this year. These shoes were one of the big things people noticed when Marty and Doc took their trek into 2015. In other wearable news — while no instant-drying clothes have been developed, hydrophobic materials are more common these days and it might not be long before someone figures out a way to make clothes that can stay dry and not be impossible to keep clean.

2) Hoverboards — The directors stirred up quite a mess by starting the urban legend that these toys actually existed and that parental concern groups were keeping them off the market. I remember being angry at my parents for months over that. Well, Hendo recently got funding to produce a real hoverboard. People have been trying to pull this one off for decades now using everything from rotating blades (how hoverboats work) to maglev tech with varying degrees of success. Maybe Hendo has hit on the winner that will take the market here.

3) Flat screen TVs — One of the coolest things about the McFly house of the future was the flatscreen television (well, it was actually more like a movie screen with a projector but just go with it). Nowadays, everyone has one (or more) of these!

4) Wearable tech — Google Glass might not be widely adopted yet and Oculus Rift is still in the niche phase but it won’t be long before wearables are everywhere just like the glasses that Marty Jr. and Marlene wear at the dinner table.

Back to the Future showed us a lot of things that have continued to inspire inventors even now, more than twenty years after the first film came out. Though time travel is still the big one that we have yet to figure out (let alone build into something as cool as a DeLorean), some of the goofy gadgets that no one really thought would ever amount to anything other than props have become more commonplace than we can imagine. What is something you’d like to see move from the silver screen of BttF and into the real world?